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    Default Pokéballs & Catch rates

    There is a complicated formula to determine whether a pokemon is caught or not. I’ve seen different versions of it but they all agree that the pokéball you use can act as a multiplier in the formula. The descriptions of each ball doesn’t help much so to clear up any confusion about the effectiveness of Pokéballs here is a chart:

    Pokéball
    1 times the catch rate
    Great Ball
    1.5x the catch rate
    Ultra Ball
    2x the catch rate
    Premier Ball
    1x the catch rate
    Net Ball
    3x the catch rate for Bug or Water Types
    1x against all other types
    Nest Ball
    3x the catch rate for pokemon level 1-19
    2x the catch rate for pokemon level 20-29
    1x the catch rate for pokemon level 30 and above
    Repeat Ball
    3x the catch rate for pokemon you have already caught
    Luxury Ball
    1x the catch rate, but increases friendliness +1 for every event, same as soothe bell
    Timer Ball
    1x the catch rate for the first 9 turns of battle
    2x the catch rate for 10-19 turns
    3x the catch rate for 20-29 turns
    4x the catch rate for 30 or more turns
    Heal Ball
    1x the catch rate, restores HP and status of caught pokemon
    Quick Ball
    4x the catch rate for the first 1 turn
    1x the catch rate after that
    Dusk Ball
    3.5x the catch rate in dark areas (caves, tunnels, etc.) and at night (8 PM to 4 AM)
    Spring 8 PM - 5AM, Summer 9 PM - 4 AM, Autumn 8 PM - 5 AM, Winter 7 PM - 7 AM
    Safari Ball
    1.5x the catch rate
    Dive Ball
    3.5x the catch rate when battling underwater (RSE)
    3.5x the catch rate when battling pokemon that live underwater in all other versions
    1x the catch rate otherwise

    New for HeartGold and SoulSilver:
    Sport Ball
    Used in the Bug-Catching contest
    1.5× the catch rate

    These new balls can be obtained from Kurt in exchange for apricorns
    Heavy Ball
    .5× the catch rate if used on pokémon weighing less than 220 lbs
    1× the catch rate if used on pokémon weighing between 220 lbs and 440 lbs
    2× the catch rate if used on pokémon weighing between 440 lbs and 660 lbs
    3x the catch rate if used on pokémon weighing more than 660 lbs
    Lure Ball
    3× the catch rate if used on a pokémon hooked by a fishing rod
    1× the catch rate for all others
    Friend Ball
    1x the catch rate, but sets caught pokémon's happiness at 200
    Love Ball
    8× the catch rate if the player's pokémon of the opposite gender and the same species of the wild Pokémon
    1× the catch rate if the player's pokémon is not the opposite gender, or a different species
    Level Ball
    1× the catch rate if the player's Pokémon is the same level as or a lower level than the wild Pokémon
    2× the catch rate if the player's Pokémon is at a higher level than the wild Pokémon but less than double it
    4× the catch rate if the player's Pokémon is more than double but less than four times the level of the wild Pokémon
    8× the catch rate if the player's Pokémon is of a level four times or more than that of the wild Pokémon
    Fast Ball
    4× the catch rate if used on a Pokémon that flees from battle(roaming legendaries)
    1× the catch rate for all others
    Moon Balls
    4× the catch rate if used on a Pokémon that evolves using a Moon Stone
    1× the catch rate for all others

    Status effects also help aid in catching wild pokemon:
    Sleep or Frozen
    2x the catch rate
    Paralysis, Poison, Burn
    1.5x the catch rate

    The lower the HP is in comparison with its maximum HP also helps ease the catching of wild pokemon. False Swipe is the best move for this, but another effective strategy is to switch a focus sash to the wild pokemon and use a OHKO move.

    Critical Capture
    In the fifth generation, critical capture has been added. Sometimes when you throw a pokeball, it well stop in midair and you will hear a metallic click. When this happens it will shake once and capture the pokemon. Critical Captures seldom fail. Although it is unknown the exact rate of Critical Captures, but it is assumed to be similar to critical hits which is 1 in 16 or 6.25%.
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    Every pokemon has a its own catch rate. The higher the number the easier they are to catch. Here is a list of catchable pokemon starting with the easiest to catch listed first:
    255 - Caterpie, Weedle, Rattata, Spearow, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Oddish, Diglett, Meowth, Poliwag, Bellsprout, Geodude, Magikarp, Sentret, Hoothoot, Ledyba, Spinark, Hoppip, Wooper, Poochyena, Zigzagoon, Wurmple, Lotad, Seedot, Shroomish, Slakoth, Nincada, Nosepass, Skitty, Numel, Spoink, Spinda, Trapinch, Swablu, Baltoy, Feebas, Spheal, Clamperl, Starly, Bidoof, Kricketot, Budew, Bronzor, Bonsly, Patrat, Watchdog, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove, Blitzle, Roggenrola, Audino, Tympole, Sewaddle, Venipede, Maractus, Minccino, Vanillite, Ferroseed, Elgyem
    235 - Nidoran♂&♀, Mareep, Sunkern, Ralts, Shinx,
    225 - Krabby, Horsea, Goldeen, Staryu, Unown, Swinub, Gulpin, Carvanha, Shuppet, Luvdisc, Stunky
    205 - Corphish
    200 - Abra, Taillow, Surskit, Hariyama, Plusle, Minun, Kecleon, Tropius, Pachirisu, Carnivine, Gothita, Solosis, Emolga, Karrablast, Shelmet
    190 - Pikachu, Vulpix, Paras, Venonat, Psyduck, Mankey, Growlithe, Tentacool, Ponyta, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Doduo, Seel, Grimer, Shellder, Gastly, Drowzee, Voltorb, Cubone, Koffing, Chinchou, Pichu, Togepi, Natu, Marill, Pineco, Dunsparce, Snubull, Shuckle, Slugma, Remoraid, Wingull, Whismur, Cacnea, Barboach, Duskull, Snorunt, Cherubi, Shellos, Buneary, Glameow, Finneon, Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Munna, Blitzle, Woobat, Cottonee, Petlil, Dwebble, Yamask, Trubbish, Ducklett, Deerling, Foongus, Frillish, Joltik, Tynamo, Litwick, Golett, Rufflet, Vullaby
    180 - Machop, Makuhita, Aron, Meditite, Timburr, Sandile, Scraggy, Meinfoo
    170 - Jigglypuff, Igglypuff
    155 - Crawdaunt
    150 - Clefairy, Cleffa, Azurill, Volbeat, Illumise, Roselia, Camerupt
    145 - Mime Jr.
    140 - Hippopotas, Croagunk
    130 - Happiny, Klink
    127 - Raticate, Mightyena, Bibarel
    125 - Wailmer, Wynaut, Drifloon
    120 - Metapod, Kakuna, Pidgeotto, Nidorina, Nidorino, Gloom, Poliwhirl, Weepingbell, Graveler, Rhyhorn, Flaafy, Skiploom, Sunflora, Teddiursa, Houndoor, Phanpy, Silcoon, Cascoon, Lombre, Nuzleaf, Kirlia, Loudred, Electrike, Vibrava, Sealeo, Staravia, Luxio, Burmy, Combee, Chingling, Skorupi, Snover, Herdier, Tranquil, Boldore, Drilbur, Palpitoad, Swadloon, Whirlipede, Darumaka, Vanillish, Cubchoo, Pawniard
    100 - Kadabra, Spiritomb, Gothorita, Duosion
    90 - Fearow, Arbok, Sandslash, Golbat, Persian, Machoke, Haunter, Exeggcute, Furret, Noctowl, Ledian, Ariados, Quagsire, Linoone, Lairon, Medicham, Torkoal, Zangoose, Seviper, Claydol, Duclops, Bronzong, Liepard, Gurdurr, Krokorok, Scrafty, Cofagrigus, Beheeyem, Heatmor, Durant
    75 - Ninetales, Venomoth, Golduck, Primeape, Slowbro, Dewgong, Muk, Hypno, Marowak, Seadra, Lanturn, Togetic, Xatu, Azumarill, Yanma, Forretress, Granbull, Magcargo, Piloswine, Octillery, Tyrogue, Whiscash, Floatzel, Cherrim, Gastrodon, Purugly, Toxicroak, Lumineon, Musharna, Zebstrika, Whimsicott, Lilligant, Crustle, Sawbuck, Amoonguss, Alomomola, Axew, Stunfisk
    70 - Slowking
    65 - Sudowoodo
    60 - Tentacruel, Rapidash, Magneton, Cloyster, Electrode, Weezing, Rhydon, Seaking, Starmie, Girafarig, Sneasel, Ursaring, Corsola, Sharpedo, Wailord, Cacturne, Milotic, Huntail, Gorebyss, Drifblim, Skuntank, Hippowdon, Abomasnow, Excadrill, Darmanitan, Garbodor, Cinccino, Jellicent, Beartic
    50 - Wigglytuff, Dugtrio, Munchlax, Mamoswine, Gothitelle, Reuniclus
    45 - Butterfree, Beedrill, Poliwrath, Farfetch’d, Dodrio, Gengar, Onix, Lickitung, Tangela, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Scyther, Jynx, Electabuzz, Magmar, Pinsir, Tauros, Gyarados, Lapras, Eevee, Porygon, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, Politoed, Aipom, Misdreavus, Wobbuffet, Qwilfish, Heracross, Delibird, Houndoom, Kingdra, Stantler, Smeargle, Smoochum, Elekid, Magby, Miltank, Larvitar, Tyranitar, Beautifly, Dustox, Swellow, Pelipper, Exploud, Sableye, Mawile, Manectric, Altaria, Lunatone, Solrock, Castform, Banette, Chimecho, Bagon, Kricketune, Vespiqueen, Mismagius, Gible, Drapion, Rotom, Shaymin, Stoutland, Unfezant, Sesmitoad, Throh, Sawk, Leavanny, Scolipede, Sigilyph, Zoroark, Swanna, Mienshao, Druddigon, Bisharp, Bouffalant, Deino, Reshiram, Zekrom
    35 - Ditto (When ditto transforms it takes on the catch rate of that pokemon)
    30 - Chansey, Murkrow, Absol, Honchkrow, Chatot, Tangrowth, Gliscor, Dialga, Palkia
    25 - Clefable, Snorlax, Steelix, Mantine, Skarmory, Relicanth, Mantyke, Basculin, Cryogonal
    15 - Volcarona
    5 - Kyogre, Groudon
    3 - Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Beldum, Metang, Metagross, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Latios, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azlef, Heatran, Regigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Darkrai, Victini, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Kyurem
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    Well that explains why Beldum are next to impossible to catch

    Great collection of information Deneves I added it to the useful links thread
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    Awesome article, I actually needed this today! I kept using repeat balls (they're my favorite) and I was curious as to their catch rate Thanks!

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    *looks a Murkrow one the list* *gasps because he easily caught 6 this morning* That can't be right...I was using pokeballs...but at least Lotad are easy to catch...

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    The beldum catch rate kind of shocked me because the only shiny I have ever caught in the wild was a beldum and I didn't know it was shiny until I pal parked it over from Emerald I guess I got very, very lucky!


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTaterTot View Post
    Awesome article, I actually needed this today! I kept using repeat balls (they're my favorite) and I was curious as to their catch rate Thanks!
    One of the reasons I wrote this was for catching shinies. The pokemon with high catch rates can usually be caught with a quick ball without having to weaken them and risking a critical hit that might kill them.

    Quote Originally Posted by N0t2f34r View Post
    *looks a Murkrow one the list* *gasps because he easily caught 6 this morning* That can't be right...I was using pokeballs...but at least Lotad are easy to catch...
    Wild murkrows have a low Hp which helps the catch rate, but for their level they are relatively difficult to catch with a pokeball.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cherkat View Post
    The beldum catch rate kind of shocked me because the only shiny I have ever caught in the wild was a beldum and I didn't know it was shiny until I pal parked it over from Emerald I guess I got very, very lucky!
    Beldums are a bear to catch because their only move is take down and comes with recoil damage. If you have a shiny beldum from emerald you must have bred it because they can't be caught in the wild in any third generation game.

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    You know what, it must have been the Beldum that I received from Steven in Mossdeep Wow, that makes little Blue, that's its name, rare indeed! He came aboard at level 5 captured in Hoenn and is lax natured. I am truly shocked and happy.


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    But little blue won't be blue for long...he'll turn silver...and gold. But Deneves why were the murkrow I caught this morning so easy to catch, if that list is right (and it is), it should have been WAY harder to get a full party..

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    I had a ridiculously easy time catching those shiny snover, I think most of mine were in premier/poke/dive balls so it was surprising to see them at 120 because after having such an easy time, I was sure they would be higher ^_^
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